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One example of this is the negativity people have towards rap.  Our generation is consumed with “panty dropping” music, or “liquid poetry.”  According to someone who listens to good music on Urban Dictionary, “Those of you who are judging rap need to listen to at least 5 minutes of 6 different rap artists before you can say anything about it.  If you still hate it after doing this then shut up, keep your thoughts to yourself, and be tolerant.”  The last phrase of this statement is what I am emphasizing as my argument.  If there is a disliking towards a genre, there is no need for a person to share his or her feelings about it.  Although rap music may involve sex, drug, and other bad influences, we cannot judge people for the lifestyle they have chosen.  If singing about such things make them happy, than accept it.

One other example involves the much-noticed disrespect against the country genre among people in this town.  From my own personal experience country has potential to create good feelings and generate positive atmospheres for anyone listening to it.  If this opinion towards country music does not apply to a person, bashing it is unnecessary.

Listening to music and deciphering the meaning behind it is one of the most enjoyable parts of songs.  To judge and degrade a song for it’s content is what many people do, and I know that the pessimistic views go nowhere.  They simply annoy people like me and if anything they motivate artists to sing about the negativity coming from that certain audience and direct offensive lyrics to those people.  No one enjoys being hated on, so we just shouldn’t hate in general.

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Music genres are continuously depicting certain meanings.  Whether it is through lyrics or sounds there is always a message.  This content sometimes represents the musician’s views on life.  Sometimes songs will include social opinions, physical descriptions, or portrayal of feelings.  Either way the expression of these views can cause contradiction among societies and people’s values.

I believe that this contradiction should be ignored.  Music should be respected from all angles, not just our own.  If a person finds the song offending they should simply remove themselves and situate elsewhere.  It takes a mature person to approach music this way, but I feel it is necessary to accept everyone’s beliefs even if they may be against our own morals.

Steady Beat

Have you ever witnessed a repetitive rhythm that somehow influences your steps as you walk? or the tapping of your hand on a table?  This sometimes unavoidable occurrence of our bodies connecting with music is fascinating.  The instant you recognize the beat from a song, you can not avoid the temptation of going along with the flow it is creating.  As human beings, repetition is comforting and easily known giving us the ability to pick out a rhythm from essentially anything.

The movie August Rush was released in 2007, and it is about an 11 year old musical prodigy who searches for his lost parents through music.  The movie is very moving and applies to every aspect of this blog.

Below is the opening scene to this movie, and if you have not seen this film, please finish it at some point.  It is wonderful.

Opening Scene to August Rush

Evolution of Music

It truly is incredible the transformations of music our culture as human beings has evolved through over time.  The changes are caused by numerous influences.  Sometimes it is dependent on the era and how society was functioning at that point, or how technologically advanced the time period was.  The list is endless of reasons why music was the way it was, but one main point is that it was dependent on humans and their environment.

Below is a song by the a-cappella group Pentatonix and it is a wonderful interpretation of how our music has evolved.  Although the music in my opinion is particularly annoying, try and pick out the shift in sounds over the time periods.  Enjoy

Evolution of Music

Musical Medication

“Music has a tremendous organizing quality to the brain,” notes Don Campbell who has researched and documented the role and uses of music in therapeutic and educational environments for about 30 years.  His studies has opened many peoples eyes to the healing power of music.   His singular mission is to help return music to its central place in the modern world as a resource for growth, development, health, and celebration.”Don was an innovator in the field of therapeutic sound and music,” said Wendy Young the current director of the New York institute of Music.

Below is a small description of Art Therapy and the optimistic outcome of medicinal music.

Music Therapy is a legitimate health profession in which music is used in therapeutic ways to assist physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals. Depending on the client and their specific botheration the therapist best decides the qualified music for the treatment and than includes creating, singing, moving to, and/or listening to the music.  Music therapy also provides a channel for communication that can be helpful to those who find it difficult to express themselves in words.  Overall music therapy is making progress in it’s ability to comfort and strengthen people throughout any struggles occurring in their lives.

 

Headphoneaholic (continued)

Swipe to the right; unlock the touch-screened device, and select shuffle.  These steps are my usual actions when listening to music on a nifty portable Mp3 player.  As long as the headphones are placed in or over my ears I can focus on anything better than I could without the sounds pumping into my body system.

Being an Art Major, on a daily basis it is necessary to put motion into my projects as they are being developed.  Whatever music I am experiencing at each processing point of my work is apart of the overall appearance.  Looking back and viewing each brush stroke or tiny hatch mark as if it were contributed by a rhythm or melody of the song I was listening to, and connecting with at that moment.

All of us have different habits on how they prefer to listen to their music independently, but headphones are the devices that give me the chills.  It is as if you can feel every aspect of a song make itself noticeable by vibrating your body and engulfing the brain with its sound.  I am addicted to using headphones, and I accept that fact.

Headphoneaholic

While swaying in my hammock, staring at my computer in bewilderment on what to write about for this class.  I normally find myself feeling physical pressure surrounding my ears from the soft, patted material sewed together and laced onto the beautifully performing personal speakers.  Which than are connected to the plastic arc fitting comfortably over the shape of my head.  This described device allows me to reach that sound level that excerpts any unwanted thoughts that sometimes puzzle my daily life.

Headphones are a wonderful invention and I appreciate them in so many ways.  I truly hope that everyone who is reading this post can relate to the consumption of music through a quality set of headphones.

Whether it is lying in your bed or working out at the gym, they will muffle the environment around you and place you in whatever mindset you are striving for.

It Is Everywhere

We cannot escape music. Even when an environment is empty of noise the instant a person enters the area; music can take flight and consume us in itself.

Our bodies provide us with the instruments needed to maintain the key components to create a rhythmic sound.

Overtime, there has been an evolution of ways to project music and medias that transport music to the listener.  It began with live music being passed on by ear and traditional easy to digest rhythms, and through time has evolved to the complex interdependent web of music we see in front of us today.

Whether it’s independent artists selling their own music through the Internet or small record stores across the world, all this sharing of music is happening 24/7 and it feels as if we cannot live a day without hearing it.

Guided by Music

Lyrics sway a person with words                                                                                      Jingles sway a person with catchiness and memorability                                                Rhythms sway a person with repetitiveness and motion

Our world is engulfed in sounds of beautifully organized musical masterpieces, but counterbalancing those are simplistic cooperate jingles and the mundane music filling the superstores of our nation.They are both musically orientated and are trying to influence or sway people in a certain direction.

Whether the direction is towards a certain product or a direct emotion the compositions are displaying human interaction.

There is an endless amount of tools used in music to veer people’s thoughts straight into the point being made.  For instance, “I’m Lovin’ it.” What occurs in your mind when reading that?  The one and only McDonalds chime. This is a perfect example of how music is used in a wide range of methods to interrelate people among the purpose of the music at hand.

The interactions we make with music are dependent on the listener, but essentially music effects people.  Whatever music impression in an individual receives, it makes an influence and an interaction.

Born Into Loving it

Do you have that certain style, genre, or specific artist that has been with you for as long as you can remember?  Or that music that feels so familiar, as if you had known it’s sounds before you were born?

I do, and they will remain known by me forever.

The three most significant artists that surrounded me throughout my childhood was Paul Simon, James Taylor, and The Beatles.  My mother played one of Paul Simon’s greatest hits, You Can Call Me Al every time she changed my diaper.  She lulled me to sleep with James Taylor’s sensitive voice and we rocked out to Hey Bulldog by The Beatles (and numerous more of their songs) as she drove me to daycare or anywhere else our plans took us.

Everyone of these artist’s songs flashes me back to a past memory or a recent one.  My family knows and bonds over this genre of music, and I am so fortunate I have grown up alongside these classics.

What music were you born into loving? and how does it apply to your childhood and life in general?